Big DStv channel changes coming

7 October 2016

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MultiChoice has announced that it is cancelling some channels, moving several channels to cheaper packages and adding more HD channels.

MultiChoice has announced that it will be making significant changes to its channel line-up in the coming months.

The DStv operator said that after careful consideration it has decided to terminate several channels.

Part of the reason for cancelling these channels, MultiChoice said, is that subscribers were complaining that they saw too many repeats across the platform.

The channels being cancelled and their cancellation dates are as follows:

   CBS Action and CBS Drama — 10 October

   AMC — 11 November

   True Movies — 12 November

Compensating for the channels that subscribers on cheaper packages would be losing, MultiChoice said it would also be making several channels more broadly available.

MultiChoice said that this decision was informed by feedback from its occasional promotions where it made more exclusive channels available to lower-tier packages.

The following channels will become available on cheaper DStv packages:

   Mzansi Music — From DStv Access to EasyView and up

   JimJam — From DStv Access to EasyView and up

   Movies Stars — From DStv Compact to Family and up

   Lifetime — From DStv Premium to Extra and up

   ITV choice — From DStv Premium to Extra and up

   Specialist language channels (e.g. RTP, RAI, BVN) — From DStv Premium to Extra and up

In addition to the above changes, MultiChoice said it would also continue to add more high definition channels to the platform.

By end of December 2016, DStv will have 35 HD channels, MultiChoice said.

The following 9 channels will change to HD:

 BBC First (DStv Premium and up)

   History (DStv Extra and up)

   Crime & Investigation (DStv Extra and up)

   M-Net Movies All Stars (DStv Compact and up)

   VUZU (DStv Compact and up)

   Food Network (DStv Compact and up)

   M-Net Family (DStv Family and up)

   kykNET & Kie (DStv Family and up)

   Mzansi Wethu (DStv Access and up)

Source: My Broadband 27 September 2016